ETHICS: CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Apr 24, 2012
Hi, I'm Sean. And welcome to in the mix. As all of you probably know, ethics is a hot issue these days. We hear about cheating frequently in the news in big companies and sports with politicians everywhere. And as students, we feel the effects of cheating almost every day at school. One of the reasons that cheating is so common today is because the Internet allows us to share information so easily. Some students say they have to cheat because everybody else is. Some do it because they feel the pressure to succeed. And some do it just because they don't have the time. After talking to some of my friends, I discovered that there's a lot of confusion about what exactly is cheating and plagiarism. At Bergen county academies, freshmen are required to take an ethics course that covers human rights cut business ethics, cheating and plagiarism and other various topics. So for each of these assets. The idea was to make them understand ethics. That idea of making choices because it's the right choice, not just because other kids have done it. Not just because it's been on TV because of the cool thing I saw in the movie last week and to make them aware of the school policy and what that means. The project was also to bring kids into that process. Like kids might feel they have to cheat to get good grades. In their first activity, the students acted as members of the plagiarism boy. They had to discuss if each case they were given was considered a violation of the cheating and plagiarism policy at their school. Their main job is, is this plagiarism how what policy or principles does it violate if it does? And what your recommendation is onto the administration should we give it this as being plagiarism? Should we not deal with this as leaders? Oh, she did not copy an essay word for words, so she was kind of like, well, I didn't copy it word for her. She took the ideas of each parrot. It wasn't like she was looking at it and rewrote it. It's like just eating individual paragraphs. She has the same structure as the thing. It's totally like, well, no, not the structure. If the first paragraph has a general idea, she took that idea. That's pretty much the same thing as just copying it. Yeah, I think it's not coming up with her own ideas. She could have done that herself. But so she doesn't know what played to me. Yeah, she doesn't realize she wasn't playing. She has a feeling that she's doing so much. Yeah. I think she feels like she knows she's doing something wrong, but she's just, she didn't think it was quite so serious as plagiarism. She didn't know that. Firing squad. It's plagiarism because she's still ideas. Yeah. And she didn't give credit to that. Our situation was about a student who mentioned to her teacher that she had trouble finding a topic for her essay. And that she mentioned that she would use an online source for her essay. And when she handed it in, the teacher noticed that the essay was not word for word, but she used the ideas of each paragraph that she found on the online source. And wrote them in her own words. So we were saying that it was plagiarism because she used someone else's ideas and on a much smaller scale sheets kind of implied that she did not psych the source. We don't really think there's any particular amendments that are necessary to the policy we think it's like comprehensive. But we do have a recommendation because the girl kind of claimed that she her definition of plagiarism was apparently misguided because she did not think she had committed plagiarism. We think that the school should publicize your policy more so that students might be more aware of what is an offense and what isn't. And we think they should be fairly meaning because she admitted and she apparently did not know that she committed blade dressing. Please visit our website in the mix dot org for more information on this and many other programs about critical teen issues. You'll also find resources, transcripts, discussion guides, video clips, how to get copies of our programs and locks more.